Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has come to court to face the trial accused of assaulting and controlling his ex-girlfriend.
The 48-year-old was surrounded by a throng of press photographers and TV camera crews as he arrived at Crown Court on Minshull Street in Manchester with his team of lawyers and four family members.
Giggs later stood in the dock in a dark suit, white shirt and tie identifying himself to the court clerk when the judge entered court just before 11 a.m.
Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Crown Court on Minshull Street in Manchester (Danny Lawson/PA)
A jury to hear the trial will be selected later before the trial begins with Peter Wright QC opening the indictment.
About 30 reporters filled the public gallery as the negotiations began, and others watched television via video link.
Giggs is accused of using controlling and coercive behavior against Kate Greville, 36, between August 2017 and November 2020.
He is also accused of assaulting and actually assaulting Ms Greville and of assaulting their younger sister Emma Greville together at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester on November 1, 2020.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The trial, which is expected to last up to 10 days, will begin at Minshull Street Crown Court before moving across the city to Manchester Crown Court from Tuesday for the remainder of the proceedings.
The city’s Crown Square criminal court was forced to close last week for asbestos testing.
Giggs was due to appear in court in January, but the hearing was postponed due to the ongoing backlog of court cases, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The jury is scheduled to be sworn in on Minshull Street on Monday before the prosecution opens the case.
Judge Hilary Manley will preside over the trial.
Giggs stepped down as manager of the Wales national team in June after being furloughed since November 2020.
In a statement, he said he did not want the country’s preparations for this year’s World Cup in Qatar to be “impaired, destabilized or in any way jeopardized by the continued interest in the case”.
During Giggs’ time at Old Trafford, Manchester United won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
He has 64 caps for Wales and is part-owner of second division side Salford City.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/ryan-giggs-arrives-in-court-to-face-trial-accused-of-assaulting-and-controlling-ex-girlfriend-41896235.html Ryan Giggs appears in court accused of assaulting and controlling his ex-girlfriend